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A second home track of sorts for Harty

6/3/2005

Daily Racing Form

By MARY RAMPELLINI

Trainer Eoin Harty might be a native of Ireland and a resident of Southern California, but he is at home in Texas. He won his first Lone Star Park stakes last Monday, when R Fast Lady made it three wins in a row with her victory in the $150,000 Stonerside.

Harty's only other stakes starter at the meet was Shamoan, who finished second in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Derby.

For Harty, successful invasions of Texas are nothing new. Harty is a former assistant to Bob Baffert, who has won just about all of the major stakes at Lone Star.

"I was very lucky there when I worked for Bob, and it looks like the luck has continued, so long may it last," said Harty.

R Fast Lady was a neck winner of the Stonerside. Before the race, she won her maiden at Santa Anita in February, and also took the $62,000 Winners' Foundation at Bay Meadows in April.

Harty said R Fast Lady will be nominated to the Grade 1, $250,000 Prioress at Belmont Park on July 9 and the Grade 3, $250,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup the same day at Calder Race Course, with the decision on her next start to be made by her owner, Stan Fulton. Both races are for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

R fast Lady is a daughter of champion sprinter Artax and Far Out Lady, who placed in two sprint stakes and earned close to $200,000.

"She's a very classy filly," Harty said of R Fast Lady. "She's very sensible. She kind of takes everything in stride."

Harty said Lone Star is one of his favorite tracks to ship to, because the staff goes out of its way to be helpful. Last week for the Stonerside, the track helped him coordinate booking of a rental car, he said.

"I said get the smallest you can get," said Harty. "So I show up at the airport, and there's a big, mongrel pickup truck. I never drove a pickup truck in my life, let alone this big mongrel. I said, I know I'm in Texas. Everything's bigger and better."




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